Report: Bucks extend qualifying offer to Brogdon

NBA.com Global on Jun 30, 2019 07:25 PM
Report: Bucks extend qualifying offer to Brogdon
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 21: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on January 21, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images).

NBA.com staff report

The Milwaukee Bucks have taken its first step in keeping the core of a team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that the Bucks have extended the qualifying offer to Malcolm Brogdon, making the 26-year-old a restricted free agent and enabling the team to match any offer he accepts.

Brogdon has shattered any expectations set for him as a former second-round pick, winning 2016-17 Kia Rookie of the Year honors while becoming an essential part of Milwaukee's backcourt rotation. Brogdon averaged 13.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists during the 2019 NBA playoffs as the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference finals..

The combo guard is expected to garner significant interest from teams who believe Milwaukee may balk at overspending to keep him. The Bucks are also under pressure to retain unrestricted free-agent All-Star guard Khris Middleton and starting center Brook Lopez. Reserve forward Nikola Mirotic is reportedly set to leave the NBA for Europe.

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